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Breakfast On Pluto

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Landmark Productions and Galway International Arts Festival co-produced by Birmingham Repertory Theatre in association with the Donmar Warehouse present
Breakfast On Pluto
The Olympia Theatre
Thursday 30th July to Saturday 15th August 2020

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Landmark Productions and Galway International Arts Festival co-produced by Birmingham Repertory Theatre in association with the Donmar Warehouse present

the World Premiere of BREAKFAST ON PLUTO
A New Irish Musical
Based on the novel by Patrick McCabe

Written by Bob Kelly
Composed by Duke Special
Directed and Co-Created by Des Kennedy

Running at The Olympia Theatre Dublin from Thursday 30th July to Saturday 15th August 2020 (no shows Sundays, matinees on Saturdays)

Tickets priced from €20 including booking fee & €1 restoration levy on sale NOW via, usual Ticketmaster outlets nationwide (list here) including The Olympia Theatre Box Office, and by calling Ticketmaster at The Olympia Phone Bookings on 0818 719 330.

The fees for this event include a €1.00 restoration levy. The restoration levy will allow The Olympia Theatre to invest in maintaining and enhancing the theatre to ensure that it continues to consistently deliver the highest quality experience for theatre goers, actors, performers & producers.

Under 14's must be accompanied by an adult. Over 18's ID required to gain access to the bars where alcohol is served. 

Approximate times below. Please note, times subject to change as always and should be used as a guideline only.
(March 9, 2020) Today, at a breakfast in Dublin, producers Anne Clarke (Landmark Productions) and Paul Fahy (Galway International Arts Festival) officially announced details of the World Premiere production of Breakfast on Pluto, A New Irish Musical.

Ever since a small audience got a glimpse of a work-in-progress showing last summer in Galway, excitement has been building around this brand new musical, which will play 120 performances in 4 cities, in 2 countries over 5 months.

Written by Bob Kelly (Tintown), with an extraordinary musical score composed by renowned songwriter and performer Duke Special, this eagerly-anticipated new production will be directed by Des Kennedy (Good Vibrations / International Associate Director, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child). The sterling creative team also includes Musical Director, Arranger, Orchestrator Jennifer Whyte, Choreographer Jennifer Rooney, Set and Costume Designer Katie Davenport and Lighting Designer Sinéad McKenna.

The role of Patrick/Pussy will be played by Fra Fee (Translations – National Theatre, The Ferryman - Royal Court Theatre, West End and Broadway, and the film version of Les Misérables) in this dazzling musical of self-discovery. He will be joined by Niamh Perry (Good Vibrations - Lyric; Mamma Mia and Love Never Dies - West End), David Ganly (On Blueberry Hill, Girl from the North Country - West End), Kate Gilmore (Town is Dead - Abbey Theatre, Fair City - RTÉ) and Rickie O’Neill (Once - Olympia; The Saw Doctors).  Full cast details will be announced in the coming weeks.  MD Jennifer Whyte leads a crack band of 4 multi-instrumentalists, who will play live on stage.

Breakfast On Pluto

Producer Anne Clarke (Landmark Productions) said: ‘It’s been three years in the making, and today we are thrilled to announce the world premiere of a brilliant new Irish musical. We are grateful to Patrick McCabe for embracing the possibility of making a musical from his groundbreaking novel, with its unique and inspirational protagonist, and thrilled to be working with such phenomenal artists as Bob Kelly, Duke Special and Des Kennedy to tell this very Irish, but deeply universal, story. We are grateful to the Arts Council for supporting the development and production of the work; to our regular co-producing partners Galway International Arts Festival, where the world premiere performance will take place; to our new co-producing partners Birmingham Repertory Theatre, who today announce a wide-ranging season of work as part of Sean Foley’s first full season as artistic director; to our London partners the Donmar Warehouse; and to our presenting partners in the Olympia Theatre.  It’s a pretty extraordinary road ahead for a new musical, even before the first note is sung. What a journey it promises to be.'

Galway International Arts Festival’s Artistic Director Paul Fahy added, ‘We are thrilled to work once again with Landmark Productions with whom we have brought so many great world premieres to the stage. Seeing this show develop over the past three years has been so exciting and our brilliant team of artists (which also includes Jennifer Whyte, Jennifer Rooney, Katie Davenport and Sinéad McKenna) are, we believe, creating something truly extraordinary. It is always very exciting to work with new co-producing partners and associates and we are always grateful to the Arts Council for its ongoing support of our work. Quoting the opening line from the title song of the show ‘Starlight is a gift to share…’ We really believe this new musical will be a beautiful gift to share with our audiences in Galway, Dublin, Birmingham and London.’

Director and Co-Creator Des Kennedy said today, ‘I first encountered Breakfast on Pluto as a teenager in Belfast where I grew up. I was a drama student and our class was asked to go and be extras in a movie that was shooting around the city. I didnt know anything about the story but I could somehow tell that it was colourful and violent and subversive and very very sexy. As a young gay man living in Belfast at the tail end of the peace process this was like visiting space. Or Pluto. After filming I ran out and bought the novel and read it almost in one sitting. It instantly became my favourite book.  I was astounded that Breakfast on Pluto was a story about our dreadful political situation told by a fabulous queer person who was completely unapologetic and hysterically funny. Pussy’s voice was so vivid and transgressive - it felt like a turning point, and we are very excited to channel that radical stardust energy into our production.’ 

Birmingham Repertory Theatre Artistic Director Sean Foley said, ‘I’m thrilled to be opening my very first full season of work for The REP with the UK premiere of Breakfast on Pluto. This new musical, co-produced with Landmark Productions and Galway International Arts Festival and in association with The Donmar Warehouse, promises to be a touching, funny, vibrant, thrilling and contemporary piece of work. I am also delighted to continue our producing relationship with Landmark Productions, presenting the very best of Irish and international theatre.’

The Donmar Warehouse said today ‘The Donmar was lucky enough to attend a workshop performance of Breakfast on Pluto as part of the Galway International Arts Festival (GIAF) last year and immediately agreed it is an exceptional new musical that deserves a London run. At a time when the border and our relationship with Ireland is so important to our political thinking, we’re thrilled that such a beautiful story will be told here on our intimate stage and can’t wait for our audiences to experience it.’

Breakfast on Pluto

The rural Irish border town of Tyreelin at the height of the Troubles is no place for a wonderfully unpredictable child like Patrick/Pussy Braden, illegitimate offspring of an errant priest and a long-gone local girl.

Dismayed by small-town bigotry, religious repression and the IRAs lack of fashion sense, Pussy ditches watchtowers and checkpoints for the faraway galaxy of 1970s London in search of a long-lost mother and a technicolour new life.  

Breakfast on Pluto will premiere as part of Galway International Arts Festival 2020 previewing July 9-12) officially opening 13 July in the Black Box Theatre for a two week run.

The production will then transfer to Dublin’s Olympia Theatre, running from July 30 – August 15. Breakfast on Pluto will then head to the UK, running at the Birmingham Repertory Theatre from September 3 – 26 before transferring to the Donmar Warehouse in London for a seven-week run from October 2 – November 21.

Keep updated: | @PLUTOthemusical 

Approximate times below. Please note, times subject to change as always and should be used as a guideline only.

Thu 30 Jul 2020 – doors 6:30pm / show 7:30pm
Fri 31 Jul 2020 – doors 6:30pm / show 7:30pm
Sat 1 Aug 2020 – doors 1pm / show 2pm
Sat 1 Aug 2020 - doors 6:30pm / show 7:30pm

Mon 3 Aug 2020 – doors 6:30pm / show 7:30pm
Tue 4 Aug 2020 – doors 6:30pm / show 7:30pm – Opening Night
Wed 5 Aug 2020 – doors 6:30pm / show 7:30pm
Thu 6 Aug 2020 – doors 6:30pm / show 7:30pm
Fri 7 Aug 2020 – doors 6:30pm / show 7:30pm
Sat 8 Aug 2020 – doors 1pm / show 2pm
Sat 8 Aug 2020 – doors 6:30pm / show 7:30pm

Mon 10 Aug 2020 – doors 6:30pm / show 7:30pm
Tue 11 Aug 2020 – doors 6:30pm / show 7:30pm
Wed 12 Aug 2020 – doors 6:30pm / show 7:30pm
Thu 13 Aug 2020 – doors 6:30pm / show 7:30pm
Fri 14 Aug 2020 – doors 6:30pm / show 7:30pm
Sat 15 Aug 2020 – doors 1pm / show 2pm
Sat 15 Aug 2020 – doors 6:30pm / show 7:30pm


Landmark Productions is one of Ireland’s leading theatre producers. We produce wide-ranging work in Ireland, and share that work with international audiences. Led by Anne Clarke since the company’s foundation in 2003, our productions have received multiple awards and have been seen in leading theatres in London, New York and beyond.We produce a wide range of ambitious work – plays, operas and musicals – in theatres ranging from the 66-seat New Theatre to the 1,254-seat Olympia. We co-produce regularly with a number of partners, including, most significantly, Galway International Arts Festival and Irish National Opera. Our 18 world premieres include new plays by major Irish writers such as Enda Walsh and Mark O’Rowe, featuring a roll-call of Ireland’s finest actors, directors and designers. Numerous awards include the Judges’ Special Award at the Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards, in recognition of sustained excellence in programming and for developing imaginative partnerships to bring quality theatre to the Irish and international stage; and a Special Tribute Award for Anne Clarke, for her work as a producer of world-class theatre in the independent sector in Ireland.

Galway International Arts Festival:
Founded in 1978 Galway International Arts Festival is a major cultural organisation, which produces one of Europe’s leading international arts festivals; develops and produces new work that tours nationally and internationally; and presents a major discussion platform, First Thought Talks. 

The Festival takes place each July in Galway, Ireland with an annual attendance of 260,000. The 43rd Galway International Arts Festival takes place from 13-26 July 2020.

Galway International Arts Festival [GIAF] has a rich tradition of producing award-winning and engaging work, which premieres at the Festival and goes on to tour nationally and internationally. In recent years, GIAF has toured to London, New York, Edinburgh, Chicago, Adelaide, Sydney, Hong Kong and Washington. A number of major new Irish theatre productions and visual art commissions, including John Gerrard’s Mirror Pavilion will receive their world premieres at GIAF 2020.

GIAF’s Chief Executive is John Crumlish and its Artistic Director is Paul Fahy.

Birmingham Repertory Theatre:
Birmingham Repertory Theatre is one of Britains leading producing theatre companies. Its mission is to inspire a lifelong love of theatre in the diverse communities of Birmingham and beyond. As well as presenting over 60 productions on its three stages every year, the theatre tours its productions nationally and internationally, showcasing theatre made in Birmingham. The commissioning and production of new work lies at the core of The REPs programme and over the last 15 years, the company has produced more than 130 new plays. The theatres outreach programme engages with over 7,000 young people and adults through its learning and participation programme, equating to 30,000 individual educational sessions.

Donmar Warehouse:
The Donmar Warehouse is a 251-seat, not-for-profit theatre in London’s Covent Garden. We have won more than 100 awards in our 27-year history under successive Artistic Directors Sam Mendes, Michael Grandage, Josie Rourke, and since 2019 Michael Longhurst.

We bring together a wide variety of people at our intimate warehouse space and elsewhere to create, witness and participate in thrilling, world-class theatre.

Through our work on and offstage, we aim to create a more cohesive, functional and creative society by broadening horizons, inspiring empathy and offering outstanding entertainment.

We develop new artists and future audiences through our renowned training programmes and our Discover activity with schools and communities.

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